General Visa Questions
An ETA is an electronically stored authority for travel to Australia, and is accessible by airlines, travel agents and Australian border agencies. It's required that you obtain an ETA if you intend to travel to Australia.
An ETA is 100% electronic, which allows you to visit Australia without the need to apply through a departmental office for a traditional paper visa.
You should always try to apply in advance, no later than 24 hours in advance of your departure.
On occasion, some people are not approved to enter Australia and they must contact an Australian embassy. For those who wait to apply for a visa until the last minute or at the airport, those not approved could run in to trouble and be denied boarding by the airline.
To avoid the hassle of missing your flight, it's recommend you purchase your visa in advance through Australia-visa, so that you can rest assured that your visa status will be approved. If by chance it is not, we will give you your money back and tell you your best course of action.
Deciding which visa you need to visit Australia depends on how long you will be visiting the country and whether or not you plan on working. If you plan on working in the country, then you will need to either contact an Australiain embassy or an agency that specifically handles work visas.
If you are visiting Australia for tourism, and your trip is 3 months or less, a tourist subclass 601 visa (ETA) is your best option.
If you intend on visiting for basic non-working business needs then you are required to purchase a subclass 601 business ETA visa. Both visas are available online through Australia-visa.com.
An ETA is required for people who are outside Australia and want to visit Australia for tourism or business purposes. It is required for many nationalities around the world.
Please see our list of ETA nationalities in the Requirements tab on this page.
The total cost per tourist visa is $9.95 USD, £7.50 GBP, or $12.95 SGD.
If you are visiting Australia for business purposes, then a business ETA costs $14.95 USD.
Note: There are no taxes, fees, or surcharges.
We typically have visas processed and approved and confirmations sent out within a few hours. Depending on the time zone, time of day, and when the passport information was submitted, it can take up to, but not exceed 24 hours.
No. You do not need to arrange your transportation into the country before applying for an ETA. Whether you are traveling by boat or plane, it's okay to apply for your ETA anytime before or after your confirmed ticket.
Airlines, travel agents, cruise companies, and immigration officials all have similar systems which allow them to run an inquiry on your visa status.
Once you are approved by Australia-visa, all of your name and passport information will then be active and valid in the Electronic Travel Authority immigration system. The airline or cruise company will then swipe your passport at check-in, electronically verifying your visa status in the ETA system.
Additional information on verifying visa validity, visit our visa verification page.
For more information on how the complete check-in process works, feel free to read through the Advanced Passenger Processing guide here, which is used by the airline to retrieve your visa information.
If your stay in Australia is longer than 72 hours, you will need to apply for a tourist visa (ETA).
If you are simply transiting through the airport, it is likely you do not need a transit visa.
Please visit this page, by the Department of Immigration, which lists more transit visa information.
An ETA allows multiple trips into Australia, so long as the maximum stay on any given visit is less than 3 months, or 90 days.
If you leave for another country, then you may return to Australia as long as your ETA and passport are still valid. However, It is up to immigration officials to determine if you are trying to manipulate the system, so we recommend contacting an embassy if you are concerned with returning too soon.
A general guideline is you need to be out of the country for 2+ weeks before returning, otherwise you may look into obtaining a subclass 600 visa instead of an ETA, which may permit you to stay longer in Australia. Just note, that the cost is ~ $115.00.
You will need to apply for a visa which allows for a longer stay (6-12 months) from your nearest Australian migrant office. A Tourist Visa (subclass 600) may be a good alternative if you plan on staying longer than 90 days in the country, but you will have to pay a much higher premium for those rights.
If you think it's unlikely that you will stay in the country longer than 3 months, then you can also start with an ETA, then apply for a Tourist Visa extension (subclass 600) and extend your stay while in Australia. Just keep in mind that pricing and rules are always changing.
Yes. Children of all ages, who are traveling with you, will need to obtain a visa.
Rules and Requirements
You must not have any criminal convictions, for which the sentence or sentences (whether served or not) are for a total period of 12 months duration or more, at the time of travel to, and entry into, Australia.
If you do have criminal convictions that are a concern to you, then it's best to apply for a subclass 600 tourist visa here.
If you passport is about to expire (within 6 months), you should check with an Australian embassy to see if you are still allowed to visit the country. Your best and only option may be to obtain a new passport.
An ETA is valid for 12 months from the date it is granted or the expiry date of your passport, whichever comes first.
Note: You will need to apply for a new Australian Visa if your passport expires and you are issued a new passport.
No. Once your visa is issued, however, it will be active and valid for 12 full months. Your 3 month visit will need to begin within that 12 month period.
Simply put, it does not matter if you apply far in advance, so long as you plan on entering Australia within 12 months of your application date.
No. You must visit an Australian consulate or embassy to see about obtaining a visa which allows employment in Australia.
Existing Visa Policy and Information
Visas are generally valid for 12 months from the date they are issued.
If you are uncertain if you already have an existing visa, then you can apply normaly, as a new request for a visa will override any existing 3-month tourist visa.
Note: If your existing visa is a long-term visa (6-12 months+), a work visa, a student visa, or any other visa which permits more than 3 months of tourist activity, then an ETA will not override your existing visa.
Yes, you may stay past the date listed on your visa, where it states:
AUTHORITY TO ENTER AUSTRALIA UNTIL...
However, note that you may not stay beyond 3 months in the country.
As mentioned in the Visa Conditions portion of our confirmation e-mail, you must enter the country of Australia by the date listed on your visa. Otherwise, a new visa is required.
You can always find the expiration date on the visa itself. Listed in the upper half of the visa, it will say
"Authority To Enter Australia Until..."
That date listed is the last day in which you can enter Australia.